Tech Transfer - University of Michigan

Improving Our Quality of Life


"A computer driven, high precision scalpel for eye surgery" is how entrepreneur and UM Adjunct Professor of Ophthalmology Ronald M. Kurtz describes the INTRALASE® FS Laser. As the newest product available from IntraLase Corp., a company he co-founded in 1997 with then UM colleague Tibor Juhasz, PhD, the laser was introduced early last year for use in corneal transplants and vision correction procedures. The INTRALASE FS replaces a mechanical device known as a microkeratome, enabling ophthalmic surgeons to create a corneal flap�the first step in any LASIK procedure�with maximum accuracy and virtually no trauma to the outer surface of the cornea.

The technology behind the INTRALASE FS laser was the result of a close collaboration between researchers at the Center for Ultrafast Optical Sciences (CUOS) and physicians and researchers at the UM Kellogg Eye Center. The femto-second laser, pioneered at CUOS, provided significant benefits when applied to new techniques for laser eye surgery in collaborative work with the researchers of the Kellogg Eye Center. Other laser-enhanced ophthalmic applications are now in the process of being explored and tested.

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